Did you miss the Sabrina Ocean Challenge twitter chat on the 27th November?
Well we were there and the information sharing from our wonderful ambassadors was so great that we wanted to make sure you could read it all here and not miss a thing.
Here’s what went down:
We are joined by our co-hosts:
Our #Plett #OceanChallenge goal is to raise R1-million for special needs kids. Thx for helping us #ShareTheLove with your mentions & RTs. We want to THANK everyone for supporting the 10th Annual #Plett #OceanChallenge – esp our sponsors @Discovery_SA & Stonehage
Tell us about your training regime & the events that you are preparing for now?
@ChantelNienaber As it is the end of the year I am only training for #Plett #OceanChallenge. I am doing road race,trail run and ocean swim, and train between 15-20 hours a week. Do a lot of cross training – running will be only 30% of my week. I also do swimming, normal cardio in gym.
@Mich_Eray I paddle about 10-15h per week, run 3-4hr, strength/conditioning 3-4hr. This year at #Plett #oceanchallenge I will do the OceanSki Race and the Trail Run, but just before I have the Cape Point Challenge 50km OceanSki race in CT and the CT Downwind.
What do you like most about the Plett Ocean Challenge?
@swima_chadho: Make sure you swim 4 times a week, with each swim slowly & increase the length of time you swim, & the distance you swim. Before the race, hydrate and eat something small. Energy gel always comes in handy during the race.
@ChantelNienaber Q2 My advice for people doing #Plett #OceanChallenge is to try something new. I am trying a open water swim for first time. Break molds! Weight training is very important – do weights every day. I try and mix it up. I love doing ply-o-metric exercises,yoga and specific running stuff. I would die doing the same training every day.
Q2 depending on your “training age” focus more on basic fitness vs specific fitness. The more base you have, more you should focus on intensity, and vise versa. Quality beats quantity! Be specific with your training. Good nutrition immediately after 1st event, hydrate, short, easy session in the pm, good nights sleep.
@BruceFordycerun Q2 Running is the best training for endurance, but don’t overdo it. Run hard for 2-3 weeks. Then taper and rest before the race. I run on water now even at @2OceansMarathon – No carbs – to many carbs in shakes!
How do you keep yourself motivated when the going gets tough?
@swima_chadho I remind myself what all the hard work is for and use a bad performance to motivate me even more
@ChantelNienaber My husband has a disability. So when I want to give up I realize I am blessed. I always try and race for a cause. If I can I like to make a difference.
@Mich_Eray Find a great training partner, to push and help motivate you. I also “race” some of my training sessions, turn them into mini-events, with a prize at the end (Coffee). I also try break down each session into small, manageable goals, aim to achieve those rather than main goal- still keeping main goal in mind though:)
@BruceFordycerun The knowledge that dropping out is worse than slogging on
Music is a great motivator – what’s your favorite training soundtrack?
@ChantelNienaber From ACDC, Queen, Sting. I think I am giving my age away.
@Mich_Eray Most musics types, except heavy metal! On cold days,if indoors on the dreaded treadmill, I listen to a TED talk.
How do you reward yourselves after a particularly hard training session?
@swima_chadho White almond magnum ice cream always works best, but only if I really deserve it
@ChantelNienaber My treat after a race is to pig out. I love food.
@Mich_Eray I love coffee, it’s a daily treat:) On special occasions, dark chocolate & a good South African red wine too!
@BruceFordycerun Rest and refuel – fav meal and early to bed for next day training